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SCIDpda receives Bank of America Foundation grant

SCIDpda receives Bank of America Foundation grant

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New retractable awnings at Kobo Gallery, part of IDEA Space’s facade improvement program (Photo from SCIDpda)

The Seattle Chinatown–International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) received a $20,000 grant from the Bank of America foundation this fall to support the organization’s design and resource center, IDEA Space. IDEA Space will use the funds to further the organization’s commercial development program, focusing on urban design and real estate. Read the full story

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Kin On expansion architect and contractors announced

Kin On expansion architect and contractors announced

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An aerial view of the site of the future extension

Kin On announced the results of their selection process to find a contractor and architect for their new expansion project on Wednesday, Nov. 21. They have selected the architecture firm Freiheit and Ho Architects for the project. Construction will be handled by general contractor Mar Pac Construction. Read the full story

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Seattle-based Jazz pop artist Emi Meyer hosts sold out single release party at O’Asian

Seattle-based Jazz pop artist Emi Meyer hosts sold out single release party at O’Asian

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Emi Meyer

Jazz pop performer Emi Meyer hosted the release for her newest single, Galaxy’s Skirt, at O’Asian in Seattle on Friday, Nov. 30, playing to a sold-out crowd. The single was released on iTunes on Nov. 28.

Meyer, born in Kyoto, Japan to an American father and Japanese mother, grew up in Seattle and began studying classical piano at the age of 6, eventually branching into jazz.

In 2007, she won the Seattle–Kobe Jazz Vocalist Competition, hosted jointly by sister cities Seattle and Kobe. Her win led to Japanese exposure and helped her develop a following. She has released three feature albums, performed at Sundance Film Festival, and has topped the Japanese Jazz charts. (end)

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Cindy Ryu in running for Bob Ferguson’s county council seat

Cindy Ryu in running for Bob Ferguson’s county council seat

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Cindy Ryu

Cindy Ryu, State Representative of the 32nd Legislative District, is one of 13 residents who have applied to fill Attorney General-elect Bob Ferguson’s King County Council seat, when he vacates it on Jan. 16, 2013.

Ryu was re-elected by a landslide 76–23 percent victory in the November election.

King County Executive Dow Constantine will name members of an advisory committee this week, representative of Council District 1, to evaluate the 13 applicants. The committee will forward the names of qualified candidates to Constantine. Under state law, the executive is required to present three names to the County Council when the seat is vacated. The council will then have 60 days to fill the vacant position. Other candidates include David Baker, Dennis Behrend, Tiffany Bond, Rod Dembowski, Chris Eggen, Ken Goodwin, Will Hall, Bob Ransom, Keith Scully, Sarajane Siegfriedt, Chuck Sloane, and Naomi Wilson. (end)

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North Korea prepares long-range rocket test launch

By Foster Klug
The Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP)  —  North Korea is gearing up to fire a long-range rocket this month in a defiant move expected to raise the stakes of a global standoff over its missile and nuclear programs. Read the full story

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Pakistani Hindus protest temple destruction

By Adil Jawad
The Associated Press

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani Hindus Sunday Dec. 2 protested the destruction of a Hindu temple in the southern port city of Karachi. The temple was razed, along with some nearby homes, by a builder. Read the full story

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U.S., China finish joint-exercises for disaster relief

By Christopher Bodeen
The Associated Press

CHENGDU, China (AP) — The U.S. and Chinese militaries wrapped up a modest disaster-relief exercise on Friday, Nov. 30 hailed as a tentative trust-building step amid growing suspicions between the Asia-Pacific region’s largest armed forces. Read the full story

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Language conflicts up in the workplace

By Paul Foy
The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) — More people in the workforce are claiming discrimination over their English-speaking ability or foreign accents, leading the federal government to issue guidelines to employers on when they can enforce English-only rules, federal officials said Thursday, Nov. 29. Read the full story

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At the “Mekong Hotel”

At the “Mekong Hotel”

By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly

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“All characters appearing in this work are actual persons,” warns the fine print at the end of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s new film, “Mekong Hotel.”

“Any resemblance to other real beings, living or dead, is not coincidental.”

It’s an odd, wry turn on the traditional disclaimer at the end of dramatic films, which states, “Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.” But it typifies the Thai director’s approach to both film and real life.  He wants to tweak your notions of what’s real and unreal, what’s fact and fiction.

“Mekong Hotel” overthrows convention right from the get-go by opening with a pitch black screen. Two Thai men’s voices and one guitar can be heard on the soundtrack, but the audience doesn’t see them for a minute or so. Read the full story

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The Layup Drill — Documenting Chinese street volleyball and the UFC visits Seattle

The Layup Drill — Documenting Chinese street volleyball and the UFC visits Seattle

By Jason J. Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

Filmmaker documents unique outdoor game

There’s a documentary featuring streetball players trash talking on the asphalt in New York’s Chinatown?

No, it’s not basketball. “9-Man” is a special kind of volleyball that is played by Chinese Americans and Chinese Canadians.

The documentary is the idea of Ursula Liang. Liang, a native of Newton, Mass., came up with the idea over 10 years ago.

“I discovered 9-Man in the late 1990’s when my brother started playing,” Liang said. “It was this amazing community where guys had confidence, swagger, height, and muscles — all things that defied stereotypes of Asians.” Liang, a volleyball player herself, participated in the women’s tournament version of 9-Man. The main event, however, is played by the men.

Liang has a highly decorated career as a sports journalist, having worked at T: The New York Times Style Magazine ESPN: The Magazine. She has interviewed high profile athletes and covered major sporting events. Yet, in a time before Yao and Linsanity, Liang believed that depictions of Asians in sports were lacking. “To put it bluntly, mainstream sports coverage is not friendly to the APA community — it’s full of long-held ideas that reinforce the notion that Asian athletes are inherently inferior.” Thus, 9-Man was born.

The documentary seeks to tell the story of this niche sport that is an exclusive game grounded in passion, camaraderie, and culture. It’s a sport which shows that the Asian athlete has swagger.

“The comparison is Rucker Park to the NBA as 9 Man is to volleyball,” Liang said, analogizing the volleyball tournament to the famous basketball tournament held outdoors during the summer in Harlem. “People have passion and excitement for 9-Man and the added element of concrete, dust, dirt, and 100 degrees outside amplifies all of that.”

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Photo by Ursula Liang

About the game

The game of 9-Man has historical roots. It developed from the traditional volleyball introduced into southern China by American missionaries. It was brought to the States in the 1930s and played by many Chinese immigrants. Due to laws such as the Chinese Exclusion Act, which isolated Chinese in America, the volleyball tournaments offered a source of fraternity and an escape. Despite the gentrification of America, the 9-Man tournaments continue on in tradition and have been passed down from generation to generation.

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Photo by Andrew Huynh

Maintaining its roots, the game is still exclusive to Asians. Two-thirds of those on a team need to be “100 percent Chinese.” The other third must be of Asian heritage. There are times when birth certificates and other evidence of ancestry must be produced to allow for players to participate.

The game has special rules. Unlike the traditional rules of volleyball, there are nine players on each side and players do not rotate positions. While volleyball allows for three hits per side before sending it over the net, 9-Man allows for a player to hit the ball into the net to allow for one more hit (for a total of 4). Also, the net is lower to allow for more spikes. Adding to the streetball feel is the fact that there are no hired referees. The players and coaches act as referees which, predictably, creates controversies between teams.

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Photo by Ursula Liang

The game is played outside, during the summer, and mainly on concrete courts. The asphalt lends to bloody knees and elbows, but for most, it’s a small price to pay. The 9-Man season begins around Memorial Day and ends Labor Day weekend with its national tournament.

Players come from all walks of life. Former college volleyball players, doctors, lawyers, and working class individuals all play. Teams can range from recreational to the ultra-competitive.

According to Danny Moy, tournament director for the 9-Man tournament in New York, there are approximately 90 to 100 teams participating in the 9-Man National Tournament. The tournament participants are 60 percent male and 40 percent female. There are approximately 1,200 to 1,500 players converging at the national tournament. Moy indicated that smaller tournaments held throughout the summer have 60 to 70 teams participating. The age ranges between 13 to 60 years old and divisions can vary depending on age and skill. The national tournament occurs during Labor Day weekend and rotates between seven cities.

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Photo by Jen Wu

About the filmmaker

When not working on the documentary, Liang works as a freelance producer and writer on various projects. Most recently, she has worked on the Ultimate Fighting Championships original programming, “UFC Primetime,” which essentially promotes the upcoming UFC fights. Liang produces segments for the show, which features fighters in training and interviews about their upcoming fights.

With a background in journalism, Liang has learned the different skills needed to make a documentary. Liang also has received help from family, friends, and advisers on the documentary. She has mostly funded the project on her own, but has established a Kickstarter page seeking others interested in the project to contribute to the editing and final production of the project.

The documentary began filming in 2008 and Liang has followed the tournaments to New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Tronto, and Montreal. The crew filmed various teams and focused on a couple they believed would go far in the tournaments.

“The challenge of documentaries is that it takes so long to make,” Liang said. “I’ve been working on the project for four years and it’s not done.” Liang hopes to wrap up editing for the documentary, so she can determine whether she needs additional filming. Once completed, Liang hopes to market it to the film festival circuit and perhaps for television.

For more information on the documentary, visit 9-Man at http://www.9-man.com and you may contribute to its Kickstarter account at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ursula/9-man-a-streetball-battle-in-the-heart-of-chinatow

UFC heads to Seattle

UFC fighters, including former Northwest Asian Weekly interviewees Brandon Vera, Mark Munoz, Nam Phan, and Benson Henderson, will be in Seattle for the UFC on Fox event at KeyArena on Saturday, Dec. 8. Vera announced on his Facebook page that he will be a guest analyst for the event. Munoz will be in town signing autographs promoting the event and the UFC. Phan was a late replacement to the fight card. Ironically, he was to be on the card in Seattle a couple years ago, but an injury forced him out. Now, he fills in for an injured fighter this time around. Henderson will be in the main event defending his lightweight title. Also on the card is legendary UFC fighter and Korean Hawaiian BJ Penn in what could be the last fight of his career. (end)

Jason Cruz can be reached at info@nwasianweekly.com.

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BLOG: Ang Lee’s Life of Pi

BLOG: Ang Lee’s Life of Pi

By Assunta Ng

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Movie theaters hate people like me. Read the full story

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BLOG: Substitute guilty pleasures

BLOG: Substitute guilty pleasures

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By Assunta Ng

Don’t laugh if I tell you that I am a big fan of potato chips. That’s the first thing I shoot for when I attend holiday parties. It’s not just the crackling sound I enjoy when biting into it, but also the flavor of potato chips. But I don’t really need the grease, sodium, cholesterol, or the unhealthy saturated fats. Read the full story

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BLOG: Rich districts vs. poor districts

By Assunta Ng

King County has released data showing which districts voted Democrat and which districts voted Republican during the governor’s race. Rich districts such as Medina, Hunts Point, and Yarrow Point voted for Republican Rob McKenna, while poor districts, such as the International District, went for Inslee. Read the full story

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BLOG: Mak leaves KING

BLOG: Mak leaves KING

By Assunta Ng

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Robert Mak

Robert Mak, anchor of KING TV program “Up Front,” resigned last Friday. There are speculations about the station’s motive for cutting the program. As a publisher, I understand why KING cut the program. Network news is a cut throat business. Anchor changes happen faster than ice melts under the sun. In this tough economy, if it doesn’t make much business sense, it will not make sense to the company. Sadly, journalism is secondary. Read the full story

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BLOG: Holiday party at the White House

By Assunta Ng

Three lucky Seattleites are invited to the White House Holiday Party. Albert Shen, a force for President Obama’s fundraising campaign and Debadutta Dash, co-chair of Washington State and India Trade Relations Action Committee will leave Dec. 12 for Washington D.C. Matt Barreto, professor  of political science at the UW, will be attending a separate party. Read the full story

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COMMENTARY: The benefits of Taekwondo and other martial arts

COMMENTARY: The benefits of Taekwondo and other martial arts

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Thomas Cassidy, 13, at the Holly Springs Friendship Tournament

By Thomas Cassidy, 13
FOR NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY

Nearly three years ago, before I started studying Taekwondo, I was alarmingly insecure, unsure of myself, and had very poor self-image. I had, since the second grade, been under the impression that I was overweight. I was also a very angry person. Without Taekwondo, I was probably headed down a path to an eating disorder. Read the full story

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Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o named Lott Trophy finalist

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o named Lott Trophy finalist

By Charles Lam
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Manti Te’o, Notre Dame linebacker from Hawaii, became one of four finalists for the 2012 Lott IMPACT Trophy Read the full story

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Mak leaves KING5

Mak leaves KING5

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Robert Mak

By Charles Lam
Northwest Asian Weekly

Robert Mak left KING 5 TV on Friday, Nov. 30, after the cancellation of his long running political program, Up Front. Read the full story

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Retired businessman still makes a difference in Korean American community

Retired businessman still makes a difference in Korean American community

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Jun Bae Kim

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

After a successful career as a small business owner, Jun Bae Kim continues to contribute to the Korean American community.  Read the full story

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Sesinando Cantor helps  to build a community bigger than himself

Sesinando Cantor helps to build a community bigger than himself

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Sesinando Cantor

By Ninette Cheng
Northwest Asian Weekly

Sesinando Cantor is a unique and valuable member of the community. Read the full story

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